Apple TV is a streaming device, and its design looks more like a setup box style. You can download apps on Apple TV and stream content anytime. Like most platforms, all the tvOS apps will release some updates at one time or the other. Those updates will either enhance the existing functionalities or add additional features. Few other updates get released to fix up some issues and bugs on the application. For all these benefits, it is necessary to update tvOS apps. Apple TV features an intuitive user interface design. Thus, it is effortless to update apps on Apple TV, and this guide will help you with the procedure in detail.

Update Apps on Apple TV

You can update the apps manually. Or tvOS also allows you to set for an automatic update too. Jump to the section by which you want to update the apps on Apple TV 4k or Apple TV HD.

Note: Older model Apple TVs don’t have App Store support. To update the pre-installed apps, you need to update the Apple TV software. Go to Apple TV >> General >> Software Updates >> Update Software >> Download and Install >> Restart Apple TV.

Enable Automatic Update

If there are any new updates for an app is available, the Apple TV will update it automatically. It will work if you have enabled the automatic update on Apple TV Settings and if the TV is connected to Wi-Fi.

Remember: Auto-updating Apple TV apps would take a lot of your internet data as it works from the background. Automatic updating is helpful only if you have a Wi-Fi plan with unlimited or high data.

Step 1: Turn on your Apple TV and connect it to Wi-Fi. Press the home button on the Apple TV supplied remote.

Apple TV - Settings
Apple TV – Settings

Step 2: From the home screen, choose the Settings app. The app with a gear icon, of course.

Apple TV - Apps Settings
Apple TV – Apps Settings

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Apps option.

Automatic Update
Automatic Update Apps on Apple TV

Step 4: Select Automatic Update Apps. If you see off near to it, click on the option to turn it on.

And this may sometimes consume a lot of storage space too. So if you have concerns about the internet data or storage space, it is better to go for the manual update.

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Manually Update Apps on Apple TV

If you turned off the automatic update, you need to update every app manually. You need to check for the available update on the App Store for that particular app and update it.

The manual app updating method is also very simple with the Apple TV’s user-friendly interface.

Step 1: Turn on your Apple TV. And press the home button on the Apple TV supplied remote.

Step 2: From the home screen, choose the App Store tile to launch the app.

App store on Apple TV
App store on Apple TV

Step 3: Hover to the Search option, type the name of the app you want to update.

Step 4: If the app has a current update, you will find an Update button. Click on the Update tab to install the update.

Step 5: For more information about the current update, scroll down to the About section.

Tip! Few apps will notify if there is any new update available. You can click on the notification to update the apps.

You can update apps in either way and as per your convenience. This way, you shall access the latest version of an app on tvOS. Let us hear your opinion in the comment section below.


1. How to manually update Apps on Apple TV?

You can manually update apps on App Store. Open the App Store. Search for the app you wish to update and click on the Update tab. If there weren’t any updates, there wouldn’t be any update tab.

2. Can you Add apps to Apple TV?

Yes. It is possible to download and install apps on the Apple TV from the App Store. Open the App Store, search for the app you want to download, and select the app. Click the Install or Get or Buy tab. If you have a third-generation or older Apple TV model, you are limited to use only the preinstalled applications.

3. How do I check for updates on Apple TV?

To check for updates, start from the Home screen >> Settings >> System >> Software update >> Update Software. If an update is available, the TV will process and install the update.